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Mellow Nel
post Jan 24 2009, 07:54 PM
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Hey there everyone!

I've been playing for around 4 years now.. I've had a few private lessons, but for the most part I've learned on my own. I've studied scale boxes, arpeggios, pentatonic patterns.. but whenever I play, it just doesn't sound right.. Almost like what I'm playing doesn't fit together.

I suppose my question/plea for help, is if anyone could point me in the direction of a lesson to help me out with this. I need help with staying on beat and making more melodic solos and rhythm sounds.

Thank you for your time!
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Matt23
post Jan 24 2009, 09:21 PM
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Well I can't suggest a specific lesson but anything on improvsisng or phrasing should help. And for help staying on beat just practice sometimes with a metronome/drum beat. smile.gif
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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jan 24 2009, 11:54 PM
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I can suggest this lesson plan for you mate. It's is mainly intended for beginners, but don't let the lesson level fool you. I've found lot of useful information in all of these lessons. Also you can modify it so that you learn exactly what you need/want. Let me know if you have some additional questions, I'll be glad to help. Cheers smile.gif


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Pedja Simovic
post Jan 25 2009, 01:51 AM
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Hi !

Since you've been playing for 4 years now, I really recommend you move your playing to next level. Learning lessons via tabs is good but it has its down side. Since you are struggling with melodic and rhythmic choices when you play my recommendation is one and only - TRANSCRIBE !

Start with simple riffs , sections, lessons at GMC even complete songs.

When you transcribe music using your ears you will gain so much more then by reading tabs or music notation !
One of the things that will become obvious is understanding of the rhythm and phrasing ! The more you transcribe, more you will hear patterns being repeated in different tempos, learn about question and answer phrasing hence your playing will sound much more connected and like it makes sense.
Melodic wise whatever you play , with strong phrasing (rhythm choice) - everything will sound good.


I hope that helps !

Feel free to ask any questions man

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Toni Suominen
post Jan 25 2009, 01:41 PM
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For help in making more melodic solos and rhythm sounds, listen to some music that you like and you feel that has that kind of playing. Then like Pedja said, transcribe it. You can use tabs as guidelines if you feel that at first transcribing compeletely by ear is too difficult.

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David Wallimann
post Jan 25 2009, 03:19 PM
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QUOTE (Mellow Nel @ Jan 24 2009, 01:54 PM) *
Hey there everyone!

I've been playing for around 4 years now.. I've had a few private lessons, but for the most part I've learned on my own. I've studied scale boxes, arpeggios, pentatonic patterns.. but whenever I play, it just doesn't sound right.. Almost like what I'm playing doesn't fit together.

I suppose my question/plea for help, is if anyone could point me in the direction of a lesson to help me out with this. I need help with staying on beat and making more melodic solos and rhythm sounds.

Thank you for your time!


What do you mean by it doesn't sound right?
Do you mean that the scales you use don't sound right with the rest of the music?
Or is it more of a technical thing?


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Marek Rojewski
post Jan 25 2009, 03:28 PM
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I would suggest practicing with metronome/drum machine + learning some theory + improvising more. Also maybe try to think of some melody, and than try to play it. It isn't easy to improvise, especially if someone ( for example me ) used tabs for everything, played only songs made by some bands or practiced exercises like box shapes/patterns. I don't know for sure, but I think it is all about finding the music inside Yourself;)


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